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Episode 5: Hip to Be Square

Brace yourselves, listeners, because in this episode Allyson gets abstract and discusses Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, often hailed as the end of traditional painting and the beginning of modern art. 

You can find a transcript of this podcast at under the Transcripts category.

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Theme music © 2018 Bruce Healey

Additional Music credits:

“Violin Spider” by Marco Trovatello (via Licensed Under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

“A Whale on It’s Side” by Ask Again (via Licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License.

“Cherry” by Nctrnm (via Licensed Under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

“Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28,” by Alexander Scriabin, performed by Raul Manjarrez (via Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.


  1. […] Malevich,who was born in Kyiv in 1879, graduated from art school in Moscow in 1903, at a time where it must have seemed like the boundaries of what constitutes ‘art’ were expanding without limit. In his early career he adopted and played with many of the styles that were popping up – impressionism, cubism, fauvism, – but also developed his own style of ‘suprematism’ which was based around the idea of trying not to represent objects, but to represent the supremacy of feeling that they represented. For a fantastic exploration of the history and significance of Malevich’s painting, give this episode of the podcast ‘Art History For All‘ a listen. […]

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